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Top 5 Sewing Tips on How to Sew with Lace

Learn more about lace and how to sew lace with these sewing hacks!

By: Nichole Pientka, Editor, AllFreeSewing.com
Top 5 Sewing Tips on How to Sew with Lace
Top 5 Sewing Tips on How to Sew with Lace

Lace is so gorgeous and easy sewing projects like dresses, tops, and tablecloths can look even better when you sew them with lace. You might associate lace with high society, vintage, the Victorian era, and even weddings, but you can use it for nearly any sewing pattern you want. There are different kinds of lace, but mainly Princess Lace and Renaissance Lace are made still today. The very finest lace is made from linen thread, but that's not an affordable material to buy and sew with. In some countries, lace is only used for special occasions like weddings and other ceremonies.
Despite its popularity, lace can be a difficult material to sew with. In order to help you out, here are the Top 5 Sewing Tips on How to Sew with Lace. No matter how many free sewing patterns you find, you might be unfamiliar with the material or steps to sew them, like with sewing lace. We've got some sewing hacks for you when you have a sewing pattern you want to make with lace.

Top 5 Sewing Tips on How to Sew with Lace

We asked our dedicated sewists on Facebook to comment with their tips on how to sew with lace. Whether you're a beginner or an expert sewist, it is possible to work with lace. Hopefully, you'll gain some insight for the next time you want to use lace in a sewing pattern. 
From Our Readers:
"I've experimented with putting stabilizer behind the fabric you are seeing it to, just like when doing an appliqué. Then you can gently tear it away when finished." - Michelle
"I always hand baste first as it tends to move around no matter how many pins." - Charmayne
"This really depends on what your project is! Alittle more info would help. I've used lace a lot - everything from garments (including wedding dresses and historical costumes) to simple trims - different techniques apply." - Katy
"I would use a very fine needle-experiment with a knit or a regular...fine thread...the longest stitches you can use." - Veronica
"I always find that lace sews better when you prewash and press the iron before sewing.  The manufacturing process leaves the lace slippery and hard to work with otherwise." - Christina
More Sewing Tips:
Slow but steady has the best lace! The best advice for sewing with lace is to go slowly but be confident.
Make sure your pins and scissors are very sharp, we suggest you use a sharpener for this effect. Also, always use a new sharp needle. 
Try to use good quality polyester thread because it has some stretch to it unlike cotton thread.
Test it out on scraps of lace before you start on your actual sewing pattern! After all, they say "practice makes perfect."
Give yourself some space and work on a wide surface when you sew with lace. 

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